Miscellaneous Gilmer County, Georgia Obituaries
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William "Bill" M. Desotelle

Mr. William "Bill" M. Desotelle, 93, of Dogwood Drive, Ellijay, died Thursday, August 9, 2001, at his residence.

Mr. Desotelle was born February 20, 1908, in Marquette, Mich., the son of Medos Desotelle and Cecilia Rundel Desotelle. He was a retiree of Michigan Bell Telephone Company.

He is survived by his wife, Geveive Gillis Desotelle; son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Carol Desotelle, Ellijay; 12 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren.

Services were Monday, August 13, at 11 a.m. from the Good Samaritan Catholic Church with Father Chris Williamson officiating. Music was by the Good Samaritan Catholic Church Singers.

Interment was in the Ellijay City Cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Hugh Bristol Tomlin

Mr. Hugh Bristol Tomlin, 82, of Call-Wright Road, Ellijay and Harmony, N.C., died Saturday, August 11, 2001, at his daughter's residence.

Mr. Tomlin was preceded in death by his wife, Emalou Templeton Tomlin.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Danny Sparks, Ellijay; son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Julie Tomlin, North Carolina; grandchildren, Amber and Teairlton Davenport and Jason Sparks, all of Ellijay; sister, Earline Church, Virginia; brother, Harold Tomlin and Ray Tomlin, both of North Carolina.

Services were Wednesday, August 15, at 2 p.m. from the Winthrop Friends Church in Harmony, N.C. with Rev. Milton Jordan officiating.

Interment and graveside services followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Winthrop Friends Building Fund, 1035 West Memorial Highway, Harmony, North Carolina 28634.

Bruce R. Cox

Mr. Bruce R. Cox, of Parma, Mich., formerly of Spring Street, Ellijay, died Monday August 6, 2001, in Spring Arbor, Mich.

Mr. Cox was a member of the Oak Hill United Methodist Church, a retired electronics maintenance supervisor for the Michigan Army National Guard, and a veteran of World War II and the Korean Wars.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Janice and Gary Allen, and Joanna B. Cox, all of Michigan, and Geri and Dan Worley, Ellijay; four grandchildren; and sister, Betty Ellen Cox, Michigan.

Services were Sunday, August 12, at 2 p.m. from the Cartecay United Methodist Church with Rev. Ben Barrett and Rev. Sharon Watkins officiating.

Interment and graveside service was in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be amde to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box G, Ellijay, GA 30540 or The Gideons, P.O. Box 1704, Ellijay, GA 30540.

John Bunyan J.B. Parker

Mr. John Bunyan J.B. Parker, 93, of Ellijay, died Friday, August 10, 2001, in the Athens Regional Hospital.

Mr. Parker was born September 16, 1907, in Gilmer County, the son of Milford and Mary Jane Weaver Parker. He was married to the late Opal Pettit Parker. He will be remembered for the contributions he made to improving the community and expanding the vision of those he taught. He taught school in a one room school house with seven grades. He worked for the Soil Conservation Service and was active in Tickanetley Primitive Baptist CHurch where he served as clerk and deacon for 60 years.

He is survived by his sons, Hassell Parker, N.C., J. Harold Parker, Ala., and Howard J. Parker, Dalton, Hubert B. Parker, Blue Ridge, and Ruel M. Parker, Covington; daughter, Mildred Chandler, Hull; 16 grandchildren; and 23 great grandchildren.

Services were Sunday, August 12, at 3 p.m. from the Tickanetley Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Edward Calge, Elder Lawrence Mooney and Elder Paul Mooney officiating. Singing was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Jack Chandler, Terry Chandler, Rodney Chandler, Phillip Parker, Hassell Parker, Jr., and Adam Parker.

Honorary pallbearers were Cynthia Childs, Linda Karen Grifin, Denise Edwards, Danita Johnson, Cheryl Lundquist, Janes Wozniak, and Lydia Parker.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Olen Guy Knight

Mr. Olen Guy Knight of Atlanta, died Saturday, August 11, 2001.

Mr. Knight was retired from Colonial Stores.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Crump Knight.

Services were Tuesday, August 14, at 11 a.m. from the Carmichael Hemperley Chapel with Major Robert Hussey officiating.

Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Carmichael Hemperley Funeral Homes.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Don F. Mullman

Mr. Don F. Mullman, 52, of Southlake, Texas, died Saturday, August 4, 2001.

Mr. Mullman was the General Manager for U-Freight of America in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Oklahoma State University and also served in the U.S Army, was a member of White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Texas, and was a lifetime member of the SAE Fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Janis Crooke Mullman; children, Tyler Mullman and Courtney Mullman; parents, Otto and Margaret Mullman, Texas; sister, Ann Marsh, Texas; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Nancy Mullman, Oklahoma; sisters-in-law, Clara Addison, and Francis Evans, both of Ellijay, and Evelyn Woods, Douglasville; and brothers-in-law, Danny Crooke and Jerry Crooke both of Ellijay.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Imogene Aaron Sutton

Mrs. Imogene Aaron Sutton, 79, of Evans Rd., Ellijay, died Monday, August 13, 2001, in the Gilmer Nursing Home.

Mrs. Sutton was born January 11, 1922, in Gilmer County, the daughter of Lee and Maude Ellis Aaron. She was a homemaker, and attended Oak Hill Independent Church. She was the widow of Richard Sutton.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ricky and Frances Sutton, Ellijay; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dewell Sanford, Ellijay; sister, Kitty Pierce, Ellijay; five grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clifford and Virginia Sutton, New Jersey.

Services will be held Thursday, August 16, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Edward Ledford officiating. Music will be by the Samaritans.

Pallbearers will be Scott Sanford, Shannon Pierce, Lee Pierce, Charles Aaron, Bobby Long, Sam Quinton, Dale Lingle, and David Elliott.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Sanford and Zack Sanford.

Interment will be in the Oakhill United Methodist Cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Eunice Pauline Clayton Hogan

Mrs. Eunice Pauline Clayton Hogan, 74, of Little Holley Trail, Talking Rock, died Friday, August 10, 2001, following injuries received in an automobile accident in Canton.

Mrs. Hogan was born January 17, 1927 in South Carolina, the daughter of Lee Denton and Mary Rado Sims Kimmons. She was a housewife, and a member of Jasper Church of God.

She was married to the late Ray Clayton, who died in 1974, she later married Virgil Hogan who died in 1997.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Ray Clayton, Anthony Clayton, Sr., both of Talking Rock; daughters, Pamela Chastain, Talking Rock, and Tracy Stover, Ellijay; sister, Ruby Prance, Powder Springs, Dorothy Sedlak, Marietta, Opal Bramlett, McDonough, and Jewell Driskell, Powder Springs; brothers, B.C. Kimmons, Austell, and LeRoy Kimmons, Marietta; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; stepchildren, Beatrice Callahan, Michael Hogan, Teresa Clayton, and Pam Hogan, all of Ellijay.

Services were Monday, August 13, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Jerrold Young officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Matthew Clayton, Larry Clayton, Jr., Anthony Clayton, Jr., Ben Charles, Kevin Hoek, and Matt Chastain.

Interment was in the Sunrise Memorial Park in Jasper under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Herman W. Newton

Mr. Herman W. Newton, 76, of Richards Rd., Ellijay, died Wednesday, August 8, 2001.

Mr. Newton was born May 9, 1925, in Gilmer County, the son of Robert and Hester Pritchett Newton. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church and a retired sawmiller.

He is survived by his sons, Curtis Newton and Donnie Newton, both of Ellijay, Ronnie Newton, Dalton and Terry Newton, Chatsworth; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; brother, Claude Newton, Ellijay; sister, Deanie Roberson, Arkansas; stepchildren, Keith Hamby and Lisa Hamby both of Ellijay, and Linda Dale, Dalton.

Services were Friday, August 10, at 2 p.m. from the Flat Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Glen Arnold officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Jeff Newton, Chris Newton, Ben Hawkins, Keith Hamby, Jamie Priest, and Jamie Knight.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ruth Kathleen Bolden

Mrs. Ruth Kathleen Bolden, 83, of Hemlock Trail, Ellijay, died Friday, August 10, 2001, at her home.

Mrs. Bolden was born July 1, 1918, in Oregon, the daughter of James and Grace Benentt Tucker. She was the widow of Bruce Bolden, was a homemaker and member of the Methodist Church in Eugene Oregon, and she attended Gates Chapel Methodist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Richard "Dick" Bolden, Ellijay, Dr. Douglas Bolden and Dave Bolden, both of Ohio, and Tim Bolden and Tom Bolden both of Oregon; three sisters; one brother; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held in Portland, Oregon with interment in the V.A. Cemetery.

Bernhardt Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Troy H. Morrow

Mr. Troy H. Morrow, 61, of Appalachian Hwy. N., Ellijay, died Sunday, August 12, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Morrow was born February 9, 1940, in Cherokee, North Carolina, the son of Fred and Nellie Garrett Morrow. He was a mill operator at Georgia Marble, a veteran having served with the U.S. Army, and a member of the Turniptown Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sybil Dills Morrow; son and daughter-in-law, Troy Wayne and Donna Morrow, Virginia; daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Tim Parks, and Gina and Bill Aaron, all of Ellijay, and Teresa and Joe Joiner, Virginia; brother, Glenn Morrow, Ellijay; sisters, Yvonne Pierce, Ellijay, Gladys Davis, Tennessee, and Barbara Jewell, Florida; seven grandchildren; and mother-in-law, Lelia Dills, East Ellijay.

Services were Tuesday, August 14, at 2 p.m. from the Turniptown Baptist Church with Rev. Edward Ledford, Rev. Billy Cantrell, Rev. Ervin Smith and Rev. Brian Hensley officiating.

Music was by Jerry Davis, Doug Morrow, the church choir, Betty Ledford and Diane DeHart.

Pallbearers were John Holmes, Alvin Cannady, Curtis Roland, Randy Childers, Tony Aires, and Dennis Lanning.

Honorary pallbearers were Troy Parks and Billy Simmons.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

William Lawrence Tankersley

Mr. William Lawrence Tankersley, 91, of Kell Street, Ellijay, died Sunday, August 19, 2001, at St. Joseph Hospital in Atlanta.

Mr. Tankersley was born December 10, 1909, in Gilmer County, the son of Wilford Young Tankersley and Dora Jane Ellis Tankersley. He was a grocery clerk, member since 1939 and deacon since 1948 of Northcutt Baptist Church, a Christian singer by faith and hobby. He joined the CCC Camp in building Fort Mountain State Park and tower, and was a retiree of the Miller and Waters Thriftown Supermarket.

He is survived by his wife, Floy Mullinax Tankersley; daughter and son-in-law, Hilda Jo and Randall Davidson, Tennessee; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Doris P. Tankersley, Ellijay; four grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; sisters, Pluma Langley and Odell Yeager, both of Ellijay; and brothers, Reed Tankersley and Hoover Tankersley, both of Ellijay.

Services were Tuesday, August 21, at 11 a.m. from the Northcutt Baptist Church with Rev. A.J. Clayton, Rev. Edmund Miller, and Rev. John Greenwald officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Tankersley, Homer Jackson, Herbert Langley, Phil Tankersley, Hoke Crooke, Edward Lacey, Mark Holden, Todd Kerr, and David O'Brien.

Honorary pallbearers were Lowell Wood, Jim Holloway, James Lanning, Charlie Waters, J.G. Dover, David Mullinax, Jim Mullinax, Danny Hall, Talmadge Ellis, Tommy Nichols, Howard Parks, Roy Scott, Cleve Pritchett and Benny Davenport.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Logan Funeral Home.

Leeman (Tank) Tankersley, Sr.

Mr. Leeman (Tank) Tankersley, Sr., 69, of Calhoun, died Friday, August 17, 2001, at his residence, following several months of declining health.

Mr. Tankersley was born in Rome, Ga., January 31, 1932, the son of Morris Hyatt and Laura Belle Wallace Tankersley. He was a member of the Calhoun First United Methodist Church, and the Hunsbruk Masonic Lodge No. 839 F. & A.M. of Hahn Air Force Base, Germany. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross. He retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of service, and was employed by Aldon Industries and Crown Craft of Calhoun.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, "Sid" L. Tankersley; son and daughter-in-law, Leeman M. "Duke" Jr. and Barbara Tankersley, Calhoun; daughters and son-in-law, Cindy and Paul Rust, North Carolina, and Sally Tankersley, Calhoun; four grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Dick Franz, Pennsylvania.

Services were Monday, August 20, at 11 a.m. from the Calhoun First United Methodist Church with Dr. Charlz McDonald officiating.

Honorary pallbearers were Dave Eldridge, Wayne Greenfield, Jim Lucas, Duff Ringstead, Jack Knight, Oscar Payne, Chuck Marlowe, Chap Gay, Bob Hopkins, Gordon Fedder, Joseph Ray, Max Haney, Bill Huff, Chappy Nelson, and members of the Chattahoochee Hunting Club

Interment was in the Chandler Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Robbins Air Force Base honor guard under the direction of Thomas Funeral Home of Calhoun.

In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Lymphoma-Leukemia Society.

This notice is courtesy of Logan Funeral Home.

Miss Emily Lauren Bommicino

Miss Emily Lauren Bommicino, 22, of Kells Ridge Rd., Ellijay, died Sunday, August 19, 2001.

Miss Bommicino was born November 24, 1978, in Jackson, Tenn., the daughter of Robert Bommicino and Debra Ann Lowy Bommicino.

She is survived by her mother, Debra Ann Lowy Bommicino, Tennessee; father, Robert Bommicino, Ellijay; sister, Rachel Bommicino, Acworth; and grandparents, Rose Goldman, Pennsylvania and Frank and Mary Bommicino, Florida.

Private memorial services will be at a later date.

Arrangements were by Logan Funeral Home.

Alex Young

Mr. Alex Young, 83, of Cleveland, Tenn. died Sunday, August 5, 2001, in the Bradley Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Young was born March 25, 1918, in Ohio, the son of Charles and Sophioa Soldswitch Young. He was retired from Tennessee D.O.T., was a veteran, and member of Leabonon Baptist Church in Cleveland, Tenn., and was a member of Conasauga Masonic Lodge.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Johnson Young; and niece, Shirley Parrish, Massachusetts.

Services were Thursday, August 9, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Bernhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Edmund Miller officiating. Music was by Irene Wofford.

Pallbearers were Rex Wilson, Tont Wilson, Jerry Wilson, Larry Wilson, Greg Parrish, and Troy Parrish.

Interment was in the Stockhill Cemetery in Fannin County under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Clinton Clarence Gibson

Mr. Clinton Clarence Gibson, 78, of Chatsworth Highway, Ellijay, died Tuesday, August 14, 2001, at his home.

Mr. Gibson was born December 28, 1922, in Gilmer County, the son of Thomas Franklin Gibson and Bonnie Wheeler Gibson. He was a carpenter, served in World War II, was a deacon of New Hope Baptist Church, and was married to the late Mary Johnson Gibson.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Glenda Gibson, Ellijay; daughter, Janie Davenport, Ellijay; brother, Eddie Gibson, Ellijay; sisters, Bessie Cagle and Nena Dale, both of Ellijay, and Rosie Cagle, Fairmount; and three grandchildren.

Services were Thursday, August 16, at New Hope Baptist Church at 2 p.m. with Rev. Junior Waddell and Rev. Glen Collis officiating. Music was by Harold Underwood, Edgar Land, Barbara Land, Sue Starks and Michael Gibson.

Pallbearers were Andy Key, Keith Logan, Thomas Cagle, Bobby Lanning, Joseph Gentry and James Waters.

Interment was in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

James Hubert Fendley

Mr. James Hubert Fendley, 91, of Clear Creek Rd., Ellijay, died Friday, August 17, 2001, in the North Georgia Medical Center. Mr. Fendley was born January 26, 1910, in Gilmer County, the son of Waddie and Ida Teague Fendley. He was a farmer, member of Clear Creek Baptist Church and was married to the late Martha Grace Henderson Fendley.

He is survived by his sons, Richard Fendley, Cherry Log, and Lamar Fendley, Ellijay; daughters, Hazel Lock, North Carolina, Delores Ransom, Jonesboro; six grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

Services were Monday, August 20, at 1 p.m. from the Clear Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Dotson and Rev. Hoyt Lock officiating. Music was by the church choir.

Pallbearers were Darryl Fendley, David Fendley, Tom Lock, Clarence Leatherwood, Leslie Varnaobe, Franklin Wright, Clark Hinkle, and Kenny Fendley.

Interment followed in the church cemetery under the direction of Bernhardt Funeral Home.

Donald R. Cooley

Mr. Donald R. Cooley, 64, of Ridgeway Circle, Ellijay, died Friday, August 17, 2001, in Our Lady of Preputial Help Home in Atlanta.

Mr. Cooley was born August 8, 1937, in Greenville, S.C., and was a construction worker.

He is survived by special friends, Bo and Kathy Bonner, Acworth.

Graveside services were Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. from the Yukon Cemetery with Rev. Edward Ledford officiating. Singing was by Betty Ledford.

Pallbearers were Troy Davis, Jeff Moates, Carl Bramlett, and Bo Bonner.

Bernhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Charles L. Goss, Jr.

Rev. Charles L. Goss, Jr., 86, of White, died Friday, August 17, 2001.

Mr. Goss was born November 16, 1914, in Gilmer County, the son of Charlie Landrum Goss, Sr. and Dosha Evans Goss, he was a retired educator and minister.

He attended West Georgia College, the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern College, and Georgia State University, holding a B.S. Ed., M.A. Ed., B.S. SP. Ed., was a teacher for over 40 years, and served as principal. He enjoyed working in special education programs, and helped establish special programs in Bartow and Pickens counties. He was co-founder of the Hickory Log School, in White.

In his religious life, Rev. Goss was a member of the First Baptist Church, in Cartersville, and was licensed to preach in 1945. He was ordained and a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville, Ky., in 1948.

He was a member of the Cartersville Masonic Lodge #63 F&AM, member of the Eastern Star, serving as worthy.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Eunice Ashworth Goss; sons and daughters-in-law, Malcolm and Frances Goss, Sr., Hampton, Ron and June Goss, Cartersville, and Ken and Anne Goss, Calhoun; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and sister, Nelle Duckett, Cartersville.

Services were Sunday, August 19, at 2 p.m. from the First Baptist Church of Cartersville with Dr. Clark Hutchinson and Rev. Ritchie Franklin officiating.

Pallbearers were Malcolm Goss, Jr., Randy Goss, Ron Goss, Jr., Craig Millsap, Jim Ashworth, Steve Ashworth, David Ashworth and Sleepy Layton.

Interment was in the Fain Cemetery in Calhoun with Masonic rites observed.

Owen Funeral Home of Cartersville was in charge of arrangements.

This notice is courtesy of Bernhardt Funeral Home.


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